If a root canal fails, does the tooth need to be extracted?

Not at all. The success rate of a root canal is about 85%, which means in most cases a root canal last for a lifetime. There are circumstances where a tooth with a root canal becomes infected again which might cause pain to the patient. In that situation the root canal can be retreated.

What is a retreatment? It’s a procedure of redoing the root canal by re-cleaning the inside of the roots, disinfecting and obturating each canal. Some teeth may require an apectomy instead, which is a microsurgery used to remove the infected tip of the root. Modern techniques of restatements and apectomy work well.

In rare cases where a tooth is fractured all the way to the root, extraction is the only thing that can be done. A dental implant, a bridge or a partial can later replace the tooth.

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2 thoughts on “If a root canal fails, does the tooth need to be extracted?

  1. At least there’s a solution to everything but bette to go to a professional dentist the first time to avoid later issues.

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